Overtraining syndrome frequently occurs in athletes who are training for competition or a specific event and train beyond the body's ability to recover. Athletes often exercise longer and harder so they can improve. But without adequate rest and recovery, these training regimens can backfire, and actually decrease performance.
Conditioning requires a balance between overload and recovery.
Too much overload and/or too little recovery may result in both physical and psychological symptoms of overtraining syndrome.
Common Warning Signs and Symptoms
Washed-out feeling, tired, drained, lack of energy
Mild leg soreness, general aches, and pains
Pain in muscles and joints
Sudden drop in performance
Decreased immunity (increased number of colds, and sore throats)
Decrease in training capacity/intensity
Moodiness and irritability
Loss of enthusiasm for the sport
Increased incidence of injuries.
A compulsive need to exercise